Alternative University Appraisal (AUA project)

The Alternative University Appraisal project (AUA project) was initiated in June 2009 by Hokkaido University in close collaboration with lead institutions in promotion of ESD in Asia PacificTo respond to increase transparency in HEIs ranking and provide them with objective and comparable data.

The AUA project aims to support HEIs planning to introduce ESD or advance their current ESD activities, and sets as its ultimate goal the creation of a learning community through "AUA Peer-Consultation System" in which HEIs can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, learn from one another and share good ESD practices in their own areas of interest.


  • Hokkaido University
  • The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Thailand),
  • TERI University (India),
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM),
  • Yonsei University (Korea)
  • United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
  • The network for the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research (ProSPER.Net)

Innovative Aspects

The AUA Model is expected to serve as the first step in AUA peer consultation among universities and ESD experts addressing ESD in diverse ways with the aim of sharing good practices and strengthening their initiatives.

AUA is a system that recognizes diversity, innovation and change towards sustainable development. Ultimately, the AUA project is envisioned to become a guiding force that shapes the universities of today and tomorrow.

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Latest update: 02.11.2023